Definition of BACKING


BACKING

crim. law practice. Backing a warrant occurs whenever it
becomes
necessary to execute it out of the jurisdiction of the magistrate who
granted it, as when an offender escapes out of the county in which he
committed the offence with which he is charged, into another county. In
such a case, a magistrate of the county in which the offender may, be
found, endorses, or writes his name on the back of the warrant, and thereby
gives authority to execute it within his jurisdiction. This is called
backing the warrant. This may be from county to county, if necessary.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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